WeeRide USA Kangaroo Deluxe Child Bicycle Carrier [+ a Giveaway!]

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This post about the Kangaroo Deluxe Child Bicycle Carrier has been inspired by a collaboration with WeeRide USA.  All opinions are my own. Before our girls came along my husband and I loved to spend time outside.  We would work in the garden and around the house.  We would go on short hikes on mountain trails.  And we loved riding bicycles.  We've traveled to Damascus, Virginia a few times to ride The Creeper Trail. But after having the girls, riding bikes was something that definitely had to take a back seat - unless we had a babysitter for the day.  If only we had known about WeeRide USA when the girls were younger... we wouldn't have had to give up riding! Now when I was a toddler, I rode in a seat on the back of my Dad's bike.  I don't actually remember riding in that type of seat, but there are plenty of pictures to make me … [Read more...]

Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller Giveaway #UndertheRainbow

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Welcome to the [3rd annual] Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Lindsey Blogs & Viva Veltoro. Who doesn’t love finding gold under the rainbow?  I’ve joined with a group of bloggers who will be offering great prizes for you, just waiting to be found under the rainbow!  So, hop along to all in the giveaway hop linky below to find your gold!  And if you have small children - you're going to love what the kind of gold we have in our Grand Prize giveaway for this event! When Combi asked if I would like to review their new double stroller [at no cost to me], I jumped at the chance.  Last year we took the Combi Twin Cosmo Stroller to Disney and we quickly realized we would have never survived Disney without it.  It was our first double stroller and really a life-saver both at the theme park and even just running errands … [Read more...]

A Review of the Lily Cup Compact: The First Collapsible Menstrual Cup

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It's been awhile since I last talked menstrual cups, but they're still one of the most popular reasons people come to my blog.  I never imagined that I would write about such a subject like this but when something changes your life, literally, you have to share it.  So here I am, continuing to share my love and freedom that has come to my life, all courtesy of menstrual cups. I say those words, of course, with a little tongue in cheek behind them.  I try to make light of a sometimes gloomy subject - our period.  But the thing is, once I started successfully using a cup, I stopped dreading my period so much.  Of course I'm not going to go so far as to say I am happy when Aunt Flo comes to visit, but I don't wallow in self pity because I know the horrible cramps and endless amounts of tampons and bathroom trips. I've been a happy … [Read more...]

On the Go Snacks – Jif To Go Dippers

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to travel to Orlando for a Julius Jr. Weekend at the Nickelodeon Hotel.  It was a fabulous weekend of entertainment for the girls and one that none of us will ever forget!  Not only did we get to visit a city full of fun, but it was the girls' first time flying on an airplane. To say I was a wee bit nervous about flying with a 4 year old and a 2 year old... well, that's an understatement.  Sophia and Moreaya are really good girls, but any time you're talking going through security, sitting in a pretty tight space for an hour, keeping toddlers entertained, AND keeping them happy and fed while on the plane … [Read more...]

Traveling with Cloth Diapers

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Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We’ve got a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success - so be sure to hop around to them all. Don't miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA - the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch! Enter the Grand Prize Here. Here on SEBG we're focusing on the all important task of Travelin' With Baby and Cloth Diapers!  Traveling with Cloth Diapers is a hot topic so much so that I wrote an entire FAQ section on the subject alone. When my girls were in cloth and we were traveling, I always preferred taking Pocket … [Read more...]

Our Weekend with Julius Jr. at Nick Hotel’s Preschool Celebration

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This time just last week my little family of 4 was on an airplane just getting ready to arrive in Orlando, Florida.  I shared a few days before we left the exciting news that we were invited to the Nick Hotel to participate in the Julius Jr weekend - a part of Nickelodeon Suites Resort Preschool Celebration. It was truly a once in a lifetime type experience for our family - the girls first ride on an airplane... And a true weekend away from regular day to day life.  A weekend that was all about the girls from the moment we stepped foot onto the Nickelodeon Hotel property.  They were immediately immersed into scenes of some of their favorite Nick Jr shows and were anxiously awaiting the Julius Jr. weekend! I shared quite a bit of our weekend on Facebook, Twitter, and my instagram - including what the girls were greeted with as … [Read more...]

Presenting Aluminyze: A New Kind of Art to Preserve Memories

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Thanks to Aluminyze for sponsoring this conversation and for the portrait that helped facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. There are so many ways that families can choose to preserve family memories - printed pictures, digital frames, canvas prints, and one of the newest forms, to me, is on aluminum plates. Aluminyze is a totally unique and revolutionary form of artwork for your walls... or desk or phone or... well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I chose to have a picture printed from our recent family beach vacation to cherish the memory and have a more recent photograph of the girls in our home. I ordered our print easily on the Aluminyze.com site.  I simply uploaded a picture from my iPhone [although they suggest you use higher quality images, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of my plaque … [Read more...]

[a review of] ZizzyBee Bags Reusable Bags

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There are so many days in my life now that could be described by no other word but “chaos”. So, when I planned an anniversary trip for the hubby and myself, I knew that getting an early start on my packing and staying organized was going to be the key to avoid that ugly “c” word when it came time for us to leave. Unfortunately, I have never packed to go on a cruise before nor have I ever packed for 3 children to stay with grandparents for such a long stretch either, so I had no clue as to what I had gotten myself into. Fortunately, the day before we left, a couple of items arrived at the house that I had been asked to review a while back and I was so relieved because I knew that they were just what I needed to start (yes, I said start) packing. Don’t get me wrong, I did get the kiddos stuff packed and all of that was ready to go ahead of … [Read more...]

12 Things to Do on a Sevierville, TN Girlfriends Getaway!

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[tps_header]This post about 12 Things to Do on a Sevierville, Tennessee Girlfriends Getaway was inspired by my recent press trip to the area, at no cost to me.  All opinions are my own. I’ve mentioned a few times that I absolutely love living in east Tennessee… ok, I’ve mentioned it a lot.  But I do.  I was born here, went to college here, and am raising my own family in my hometown and couldn’t be happier.  Perhaps it’s a Southern thing, to be so proud of where you come from that you want to share it with the world?  Perhaps it's not just a Southern thing, but I do feel so much pride about my area and want to share it with everyone! So proud, in fact, that I've written a couple of posts about the Top 20 Attractions in the Smoky Mountains, as I really do see the mountains as my 2nd home!  So, when I received an invitation from the … [Read more...]

Enter for a chance to win $10,000 in the NEW NutriSystem Great Escape $40,000 Giveaway!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. A couple of weeks ago I shared an amazing deal on the Nutrisystem® My Way® Program with you.  Within that same post I told you to keep an eye out for an even bigger announcement!  Well, today is the day that I'm sharing the BIG news with you... Nutrisystem Great Escape $40,000 Giveaway! If you're currently in the process of losing weight, your weight loss story and pictures could net you some big bucks!  Entering the Nutrisystem Giveaway is very simple.  All you need to do is submit your story and picture for a chance at 1 of 4 Grand Prizes - each $10,000!  Can you imagine what you could do with that money!?  In addition to that, you'll be eligible to … [Read more...]

Dreaming of a Puerto Rico Vacation

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. As I sit in on my deck overlooking the mountains of east Tennessee, I'm content, yes.  It's a beautiful sunny day, the breeze is blowing, but I can't help to think what the weather is like in other parts of the world. We live in the mountains and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, but it means one thing... we like to vacation near the beach.  And one place that's been on my mind for the past few weeks, after writing about it here on SEBG, is Puerto Rico! Ever since I've been dreaming of the all-star island filled with world class attractions.  Although it seems like a world away than the mountains of Tennessee, Puerto Rico is quickly accessible because there's no passport needed - just … [Read more...]

Organic Mineral Sunscreen from Bare Belly Organics

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This is a sponsored conversation about organic sunscreen, written by me, on behalf of Bare Belly Organics.  I received products to facilitate this review, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own. I'm obsessed with sunscreen, which is why you'll often find me blogging about different kinds and religiously lathering my kids.  Today, I'm super excited to share with you a new brand, to me, that I am really, really excited about... Bare Belly Organics! In case you are pretty new around here and you don't know all of my back story, it's appropriate for me to share that... I'm a Melanoma Survivor. In fact - tomorrow will mark 5 years from getting the call that totally changed my life.  I still get sick to my stomach hearing the nurse tell me on the phone [yes, it was a horrific way to learn] that my biopsy came back with a … [Read more...]